Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 480 p.
From the Publisher
On the night of her thirteenth birthday, Jane Howard made a vow to
her warring parents: she would never get married, and she would
never have children.
But life, as Jane comes to discover, is a profoundly random
business. Many years and many lives later, she is a professor in
Boston, in love with a brilliant, erratic man named Theo. And then
Jane becomes pregnant. Motherhood turns out to be a great welcome
surprise--but when a devastating turn of events tears her existence
apart she has no choice but to flee all she knows and leave the
Just when she has renounced life itself, the disappearance of a
young girl pulls her back from the edge and into an obsessive
search for some sort of personal redemption. Convinced that she
knows more about the case than the police do, she is forced to make
a decision--stay hidden or bring to light a shattering truth.
Leaving the World" is a riveting portrait of a brilliant woman that
reflects the way we live now, of the many routes we follow in the
course of a single life, and of the arbitrary nature of destiny. A
critically acclaimed international bestseller, it is also a
compulsive read and one that speaks volumes about the dilemmas we
face in trying to navigate our way through all that fate throws in